The Alexa Voice Service (AVS) was expanded in the 3.15.0 release to support a new feature called “Voice Shortcuts”. With these, you can save commands you ask regularly & execute them with the click of a button, no microphone required.
The new Voice Shortcuts can be configured in the app itself or the Designer. When you add AVS to the app itself, it will force you to configure at least one of these new shortcuts immediately after linking your Amazon Alexa account. Should you choose to add more commands later, this can be done by going to the Settings screen in the app.
Can responses from Alexa be muted?
Yes. In anticipation that there may be some users who do not care about the response audio, there is a special flag that you can use. When a star * is inserted at the beginning of the Voice Command, the response will be muted.
Can multiple commands be used for a single object?
Yes. For those using the Designer, there likely will be cases when you’d like to build Details Templates consisting of more than 1 command. By default, the Id on the Device object is the voice command. This can however be overridden. All Alexa control is done through the
Scene capability which are triggered through DataActions. When the
Value parameter on the DataAction is empty, the
Id is the voice command. When the
Value parameter is set, it is the the voice command.
AlexaCustomTemplates.hrp (100.7 KB)